You may be thinking "Who, me?" but a new poll shows married women spend just as much -- if not more on their sex lives, than their single counterparts.
You may be thinking you spend less on your sex life just because you're coupled up, but think about it: What with paying for sitters on date night, contraceptives, cabs and mani-pedis, are you really spending any less than the average single girl?
Nerve set out to find the answer: For one month, they followed the sex lives of a 29 year-old single woman, a "cougar" in a long distance relationship and a married mom of two. It turns out married women spend more cash than you might think.
Mom of Two says, "I don't have much to tell you, sadly. I got a $25 bikini wax and I think I got to use it all of once." A few days later, she spent $240 on new clothes "in order to keep my husband interested and attracted." Later she got a free pedicure at a promotional event: "I chose a saucy red called 'Kiss the Cook,' to which my husband responded, 'I prefer it when you paint your toes pink or nude.'"
Week One Total: $265.00
Single girl picks up her monthly birth control pills ($20), then attends wedding where she spends $0.19 on texts to her boy toy. "Exchanged four dirty texts while at the wedding, revving each other up for the following day's tryst." She spent $3 in gas driving to his apartment. "Send two texts in a moment of delayed post-coital bliss and in anticipation of next encounter," she says, costing $0.09. "Went to the gym to get further toned for next encounter": $9. The following days see one "random, naughty text" ($0.05) and one "random, idiotic text" ($0.05).
Week One Total: $32.38
Long-Distance Cougar spent zero dollars the first week, saying her boyfriend paid for all their sex-related activities.
Week One Total: $0.00
And that's just Week One!